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Senior citizen swarm catching
« on: April 28, 2022, 03:52:31 pm »
This time of year, I carry a nuc box, a 10 frame hive, and a step ladder on my truck, just in case I have an easy call.
Yesterday, I went out to go somewhere and noticed several bees on the landing board of the 10 frame hive. I lifted the lid, and sure enough, I had about 4 frames of bees.

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Re: Senior citizen swarm catching
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2022, 05:12:08 pm »
Must be rough! :eusa_doh: :eusa_clap:
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Re: Senior citizen swarm catching
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2022, 05:22:47 pm »
Well, that's convenient!
I seem to recall that happened to Brooksbeefarm one time too!
A few years ago, a seasoned beekeeper scolded me for not carrying swarm catching gear.  "We're in the middle of swarm season!"  I called him when I spotted a swarm at work.  I don't remember why I had unloaded my gear, but remember I had just done it the day before.

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Re: Senior citizen swarm catching
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2022, 07:05:14 pm »
I have had bees move into assembled hives in my shed on numerous occasions... unfortunately, they were my own swarms...    Mowed the yard today for the first time, Dandelions are out in force!
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Re: Senior citizen swarm catching
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2022, 07:36:28 pm »
 :eusa_clap:  That’s the way to do it!
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Re: Senior citizen swarm catching
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2022, 07:38:20 am »
I had one go in a box in the bed of my truck at work one time, my parts woman had just pulled up to park beside me when it flew in. She set in her car an watched it, talked about how cool it was. An EMT from the station across the street came in my office telling me how dumb and dangerous it was to carry live bees around in the bed of my truck. I'm bad with names, but his is Eric.

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Re: Senior citizen swarm catching
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2022, 10:01:51 am »
An EMT from the station across the street came in my office telling me how dumb and dangerous it was to carry live bees around in the bed of my truck. I'm bad with names, but his is Eric.
Eric is the kind of person we need to save the bees from.  Some people just don't know anything about them, and then they spread their fear of bees around.  >:(     
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Re: Senior citizen swarm catching
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2022, 10:00:45 am »
In local news, a swarm landed on a car in a hospital parking lot.  It made news here.  The responding beekeeper was a pediatrician at the hospital.  She also has established a nonprofit dedicated to placing apiaries in abandoned lots.  Her program reduces the amount of abandoned lots the city has to care for, educates local residents, promotes beekeeping and honey, etc.  She's a great spokesperson.  Very cool. 

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Re: Senior citizen swarm catching
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2022, 10:28:52 am »
In local news, a swarm landed on a car in a hospital parking lot.  It made news here.  The responding beekeeper was a pediatrician at the hospital.  She also has established a nonprofit dedicated to placing apiaries in abandoned lots.  Her program reduces the amount of abandoned lots the city has to care for, educates local residents, promotes beekeeping and honey, etc.  She's a great spokesperson.  Very cool. 
That's so neat!
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Re: Senior citizen swarm catching
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2022, 12:21:01 am »
I watch my hives closely for swarm signs, I live in a tight neighborhood where a swarm would be be sprayed down. But swarms are my favorite bee experience, the energy in the air is wonderful. Magical
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Re: Senior citizen swarm catching
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2022, 11:59:47 am »
that i s still a mental image..... Jen standing wide eyed in her jammies in the middle of a swarming hive....
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